New York Times Book Reviews

Nonfiction: The Examined Life May Be More Worth Living. Reading About It Is Another Matter.

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 12:01pm
Reema Zaman, Sophia Shalmiyev and Pam Houston all seek solace in memoir for their pain.
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Nonfiction: A Dying Young Woman Reminds Us How to Live

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 5:00am
Julie Yip-Williams’s memoir, “The Unwinding of the Miracle,” written before her death at 42 last year, is an exquisitely moving exhortation to the living.
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Fiction: A First Novel Exposes the Hollow Core of the Global Big Ideas Industry

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 2:06pm
In “Same Same,” the renowned graphic designer Peter Mendelsund presents a metafictional sendup of artists’ retreats and tech-industry think tanks.
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Children’s Books: In Angie Thomas’s ‘On the Come Up,’ a Young Rapper Finds Her Way

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 11:30am
The follow-up to “The Hate U Give” introduces a heroine whose late father was a local hip-hop legend. She has a struggling mom, a venal manager and a ton of talent.
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The Shortlist: From Black Holes to Breakfast, Three Books Show How Einstein’s Legacy Lives On

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 5:00am
The revolutionary advances in physics pioneered by Einstein are at the heart of new books that cover phenomena both celestial and mundane.
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Nonfiction: A Sensible Climate Change Solution, Borrowed From Sweden

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 5:00am
In “A Bright Future,” Joshua S. Goldstein and Staffan A. Qvist look to Europe for examples of how nuclear energy can help solve the global warming crisis.
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The Book Review Podcast: Assessing the Facebook Problem

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 5:49pm
Roger McNamee talks about “Zucked,” and Charles Finch discusses the season’s best thrillers.
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Essay: The Trouble With Autism in Novels

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 2:00pm
The disorder is poorly understood. Should novelists be able to make it mean whatever they want?
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Thrillers: Murderous Husbands, Flapper-Era Gun Molls and Korean Assassins: The Best Winter Thrillers

Sun, 02/03/2019 - 4:19pm
Want to escape the real-life suspense novel we’re living in these days? Check out these six new whodunits.
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By the Book: Marlon James: By the Book

Fri, 02/01/2019 - 3:06pm
The author, most recently, of “Black Leopard, Red Wolf” admires fantasy fiction that feels “wonderfully strange and alarmingly familiar at the same time. That and a woman or man who can wield two swords.”
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New & Noteworthy

Fri, 02/01/2019 - 2:44pm
A selection of books published this week; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.
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Inside the List: 70 and Female Is the New Cool

Fri, 02/01/2019 - 12:52pm
Mary Pipher’s “Women Rowing North” celebrates the unacknowledged talents and wisdom of older women — a demographic increasingly in the limelight.
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New in Paperback: ‘An American Marriage,’ ‘How Democracies Die’

Fri, 02/01/2019 - 12:37pm
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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Fiction: A Grieving Mother Converses With Her Dead Son in Yiyun Li’s New Novel

Fri, 02/01/2019 - 12:06pm
In “Where Reasons End,” an unnamed narrator plumbs the nature of suffering — and the limits of language — in a dialogue with the child she mourns.
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Children’s Books: Picture Books That Let Imaginations Soar

Fri, 02/01/2019 - 12:00pm
In the latest from Beth Ferry and Tom Lichtenheld, Shaun Tan and others, a boy and his dog head to the moon, a crab bakes cakes and a cat foils a bakery break-in.
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Profile: Meet the Guardian of Grammar Who Wants to Help You Be a Better Writer

Fri, 02/01/2019 - 11:00am
Benjamin Dreyer sees language the way an epicure sees food. And he finds sloppiness everywhere he looks.
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Sketchbook: The Urban Grid of Writerdom

Fri, 02/01/2019 - 5:00am
An illustrated map of the authorial life.
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The Shortlist: A Quartet of First Novels Takes Readers From Trinidad to the Himalayas

Fri, 02/01/2019 - 5:00am
Disappearances link the works of Claire Adam, Madhuri Vijay, Juliet Lapidos and James Charlesworth: missing persons, missing manuscripts and missed connections.
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Crime: Marilyn Stasio’s Crime Column Exhumes the Murderous Past

Fri, 02/01/2019 - 5:00am
New novels take readers back to Tudor England (C.J. Sansom), 1920s England (Charles Todd) and the age of Queen Victoria (Mick Finlay).
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Fiction: A Novel Set at the Dakota Imagines John Lennon as a Neighbor

Fri, 02/01/2019 - 5:00am
In Tom Barbash’s “The Dakota Winters,” a searching young man finds an unlikely companion in the former Beatle’s last year of life.
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